"KYLIAN + PITE"
"Petite Mort," "Sechs Taenze," "Forgotten Land," "Emergence"
Pacific Northwest Ballet
Saturday, November 9 (matinee and evening)
by Helene Kaplan
copyright ©2013 Helene Kaplan
Peter Boal has said that he's chosen to develop Pacific Northwest Ballet's rep by selecting multiple pieces by a smaller number of choreographers. During his tenure as Artistic Director, he has acquired works by Twyla Tharp, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, and Jiri Kylian that have been performed by other ballet companies, first integrating them into mixed rep programs, and then, after further acquisitions or commissions, featuring them in dedicated or close-to-dedicated programs. Coming right off PNB's second all-Tharp program is "KYLIAN + PITE," which features revivals of "Petite Mort" and "Sechs Taenze" and the new-to-PNB "Forgotten Land." Interestingly, Boal did not choose to pair the Kylian works with another work in PNB's rep, Nacho Duato's "Jardi Tancat," where Kylian's influence on Duato, who joined Kylian's Netherlands Dance Theatre in 1981, is so clearly seen in the gestures, vocabulary, and momentum of "Forgotten Land" made that same year. Instead, the last work in the program is Crystal Pite's "Emergence," originally choreographed for National Ballet of Canada in 2009, which shows the influence of the other important post-Balanchine choreographer, William Forsythe, for whom Pite danced, especially in Pite's use of flank and group movement.